France 1702-I ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 140, lot 710
This specimen was lot 710 in Jean Elsen sale 140 (Brussels, March 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu aux insignes, 1702I, Limoges. 3e réformation. D/ B. à d., cuirassé à l'antique. R/ Ecu de France rond, couronné, brochant sur une main de justice et un sceptre posés en sautoir. Flan poreux. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, Very Fine.)"
The specimen shown is an écu aux insignes ("écu with insignia") struck in Rennes during the reign of Louis XIV. This type was struck 1701-04 in substantial quantities, mostly overstriking older écus ("flans reformés"). It was succeeded by the écu aux 8 L, 2éme type. Droulers[1] prices the type 40% higher than an écu à la mèche longue. This is a rather common issue from the Limoges mint.

Recorded mintage: unknown, all flans reformées.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 38-41 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM; this specimen 26,64 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1533B; Gad-220, Dr/4 no. 513, Dav-1316, KM 329.10.

Source:

  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition, Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 140, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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